Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time

About the Editors

Jenesha (left) and Patricia (right)
Photo credit: Daniel Chapman

Jenesha de Rivera is a first generation Filipina American writer, activist, and performer living in Oakland, California.  She was born and raised in New York City and is an active member of LGBT and people of color activist communities in both New York City and the Bay Area.  Jenesha works as a nonprofit financial consultant and she serves on the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).  She is pursuing her MFA in English and Creative Writing at Mills College.  Her personal essay "A Lesson in Posture" was published in the Seal Press anthology Waking Up American: Growing Up Biculturally.  Her short story "Bayan Ko" is featured in Colorlines magazine's first fiction issue (November 2006).

Patricia Justine Tumang is a writer and activist.  Her writing, which reflects her commitment to social justice from a Queer Filipina American perspective, has appeared in Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice, Waking Up American: Growing Up Biculturally, Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism, The Womanist: A Mills Women of Color Journal, and Hyphen Magazine.  She serves on the Editorial Board of Exhale's Our Truths/Nuestras Verdades, a grassroots, bilingual (Spanish/English) magazine focused on women's experiences with abortion.  She received her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California, where she currently resides.